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Dark Star Orchestra Announces Second Leg Of Spring Tour

first_imgBeloved Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra has added a second leg to its upcoming spring tour. The group—comprised of Rob Barraco (keyboards, vocals), Rob Eaton (rhythm guitar/vocals), Dino English (drums/percussion), Rob Koritz (drums/percussion), Lisa Mackey (vocals), Jeff Mattson (lead guitar/vocals), and Skip Vangelas (bass/vocals)—will now swing through much of the Northeast in May.New stops on the tour include a show at The Wilbur in Boston, a two-night stand at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, and a pair of dates in upstate New York. The tour will wrap up with the seventh annual Dark Star Jubilee, a DSO-centric festival that will once again take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH over Memorial Day weekend. Hot Tuna, Los Lobos, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Nth Power, and more are all set to perform at the festival, which will also feature a set of Jerry Garcia Band tunes from DSO and Melvin Seals.Tickets for the newly-announced shows are now on sale via Dark Star Orchestra’s website. You can check out the full list of spring tour dates below.Dark Star Orchestra Spring 2018 Tour Dates:3/30 : The Jefferson Theater : Charlottesville, VA3/31 : Rams Head Live : Baltimore, MD4/3 : The Hamilton : Washington, D.C.4/4 : Harvester Performance Center : Rocky Mount, VA4/6 : Buckhead Theatre : Atlanta, GA4/7 : Buckhead Theatre : Atlanta, GA4/8 : Avondale Brewing Company : Birmingham, AL4/10 : The Orange Peel : Asheville, NC4/12 : Charleston Music Hall : Charleston, SC4/13 : The Fillmore Charlotte : Charlotte, NC4/14 : Ritz Raleigh : Raleigh, NC4/15 : Greenfield Lake Amphitheater : Greenfield, NC4/17 : The Stage On Bay : Savannah, GA4/19 : Wanee Festival : Live Oak, FL5/10 : Boston, MA – The Wilbur*5/11 : Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre*5/12 : Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre*5/14 : Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre Center*5/15 : Wilmington, DE – The Queen*5/17 : Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre*5/18 : Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury Theater*5/19 : Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak*5/20 : Baldwinsville, NY – Paper Mill Island*5/22 : Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom*5/25 – 5/27 : Thornville, OH – Dark Star Jubilee*07/08 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater (w/ Keller Williams)*- newly announced date[Photo: Benjamin Adams]last_img read more

Level of campus sexual violence largely unchanged, survey says

first_imgLast April, the University convened the Harvard Student Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct, a tool designed to continue to guide policies that encourage a healthy, safe, and nondiscriminatory environment across campus. Today, Harvard announced the results to that survey in an email from President Larry Bacow.Similar surveys were administered at 32 other institutions of higher education as part of a cohort convened by the Association of American Universities (AAU). This is the second time Harvard has participated in such an AAU survey; in 2015 the University played a leading role in articulating the need for, and helping design, the study.The results from this year’s study say the prevalence of sexual violence at Harvard and other participating universities persists at the same level as in 2015. The Gazette sat down with Deputy Provost Peggy Newell and Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School Kathleen McGinn, who co-chaired the steering committee focused on the survey’s implementation, to discuss the results, and what they mean for both the Harvard community and the culture of American higher education.Q&APeggy Newell and Kathleen McGinnGAZETTE: This year’s survey represents the largest data set gathered around student experiences with sexual violence, and the survey itself was an in-depth instrument. You’ve both spent a lot of time looking at the data. Can you give us a sense of some of the most important takeaways, based on what you’ve learned?Newell: First of all, I want to extend my gratitude to the more than 8,300 individuals at Harvard, and 180,000 nationwide, who took the significant step of devoting their time to respond to this survey, which took up to 45 minutes to complete. We asked individuals to respond to very difficult questions. In some cases, these questions may have caused students to remember difficult life experiences. This was not an easy survey to complete. It says a lot about our students that so many were willing to take part. Without them, we would be rudderless in our work to create a better Harvard, free from sexual harassment and assault.In short, the results are deeply disturbing. Broadly, Harvard students, and students nationwide, experience sexual violence at the same levels as they did in 2015. In both 2015 and 2019, survey responses reveal that slightly over 12 percent of Harvard students have experienced some form of nonconsensual sexual contact since coming to Harvard. This is unacceptable, and we must do more, together, to find ways to prevent sexual harassment and assault from occurring in the first place, and then to connect students to needed supports once they’ve experienced an incident.GAZETTE: Can you get into some of the specific drivers behind these incidents, who committed them, and where they took place?Mcginn: Overwhelmingly, at Harvard and at the 32 other AAU member participating institutions, the survey found that sexual assault occurs between students when alcohol has been consumed, and in on-campus housing. At Harvard, 80 percent of all reported incidents of sexual assault involved alcohol, and more than 75 percent of the incidents involved an offender who was a fellow student. For undergraduates, two-thirds of the incidents of sexual assault reported in the AAU survey took place in on-campus housing. This says to me that if we’re going to make change happen, we need to engage our community in the work.As members of the University leadership, Peggy and I take these results very seriously, and we recognize that we have a responsibility to each and every member of the Harvard community to respond to them, and to find ways to create a safer place to learn and to work. We will continue to work hand-in-hand with our Title IX Office, OSAPR (Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response), and Harvard’s Schools and units to develop programming and resources to best serve our community. But if we want to achieve our goal of preventing sexual harassment and assault before it happens, we need to do much more. Programming and resources are necessary but not sufficient; changing the culture in our community requires the input of each of us, faculty, staff, administrators, and especially students.GAZETTE: The results of the 2015 survey helped guide significant changes to the University’s Title IX Office, its policy and procedures, and the resources offered across Harvard. What are your hopes for how the 2019 survey can positively influence the community?Newell: Kathleen makes a critical point, that to get to where we want to be, a community free of sexual violence, we need to do the hard work of changing our culture, both here at Harvard and nationwide. We will continue to do the work of providing the best possible resources to our community. Since the 2015 survey, more than 65,000 students, faculty, and staff have participated in our online Title IX training module and/or through in-person training sessions. More than 50 trained Title IX coordinators support Harvard’s students, faculty, and staff across the University. Title IX student liaison and Title IX staff liaison committees have been formed to ensure that each School and unit is represented in conversations about how the Title IX Office can best provide its services across Harvard. Just this past week, the Title IX Office launched an online anonymous disclosure form as an additional tool for reporting an incident. Through Harvard University Health Services, OSAPR offers support to survivors, programming aimed at prevention and community education, and self-care programming for students. Each of our Schools has local efforts and programming aimed at making our community one that does not tolerate sexual harassment and sexual assault.I think most critically, though, and the survey shows this, is that we need to find ways to help students support their peers, and to be willing to intervene, both directly, and indirectly, when they see a classmate or colleague who needs help. We want students to think about what they can do to improve the culture of the institution, toward making it a safer place, to know that they can come forward when experiencing an incident, and that we are here to support them.Mcginn: One way we can help to support this kind of cultural change is by offering widely available, high-quality, bystander-intervention training. These programs are running in some schools and have been piloted with staff. While there’s very little data out there about what helps prevent sexual assault and violence on campuses, studies from Harvard sociology Professor Frank Dobbin do show that when peers, and in particular men and people of authority, participate in these types of trainings within organizations, progress can be made. Engaging the community in bystander-intervention programs has the potential to help students advocate for others, and think more carefully about their own behaviors, too. One encouraging finding from this year’s AAU survey is that a majority of Harvard students said they engaged in some kind of action when witnessing other students involved in various incidents that may have led to sexual assault or harassment. We need to continue to work with students to recognize and act in potentially problematic situations.We also need to ensure that those who experience sexual assault feel safe accessing the resources and support they need and want. There is a wealth of resources available to students at Harvard. This year’s survey showed that students are more aware of the available resources than they were previously. But many students who experience sexual assault and harassment choose not to access these resources. Students cite that the incident wasn’t “serious enough,” that they weren’t injured, that alcohol or drugs were involved, or even that “events like this seem common” as reasons to not access any of the support services available on campus. We need to respect some students’ preference for seeking support from family and friends, and acknowledge the effectiveness of this approach. At the same time, students, faculty, staff, and University administration need to work together to make it clear that sexual assault is unacceptable and to communicate that all sexual assault is — and will be treated as — “serious enough.”Community members who would like to learn more about the data can attend a town hall conversation about the results on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Science Center Hall C. The Longwood campus will simulcast the session at Snyder Auditorium in the Kresge Building at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health.last_img read more

With Carnival scrapped, Rio’s Sambadrome hosts vaccinations

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a normal year, Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome would be preparing for its great moment of the year: the world’s most famous Carnival parade. But a week before what should be the start of Carnival, the pandemic has replaced pageantry. The great celebration has been put on hold until next year as Rio struggles to quash a rise in COVID-19 cases. The city on Saturday opened a drive-thru immunization station at the Sambadrome, where a line of cars queued up on a broad avenue built for floats. Officials warn they’ll have no tolerance for those who try to celebrate with open street parades or clandestine parties.last_img read more

Green gifts

first_imgBoth veteran and novice gardeners have spent many hours taking care of plants and gardens while spending extra time at home this year.Whether they were trying new things, expanding their gardens or sprucing up their landscapes, gardeners planted new shrubs, experimented with flowering perennials, mulched and tended lawns.If you are looking for presents for the gardeners in your life, here are a few ideas for gifts that they will love from the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer office.Gloves – All gardeners everywhere need a really good pair of gloves, and not all gloves are created equally. The best gloves are lightweight and supple leather. They are great for protecting hands from splinters, thorns and other abrasives that comes from working in the soil. Those who love roses might want a pair of gloves with long sleeves for extra protection while tending their prized beauties. Disposable rubber gloves would be great for gardeners making pesticide applications.Pruning shears – New gardeners may be struggling with the inexpensive shears they bought this spring. Any gardener would delight in sturdy, sharp shears of differing sizes, such as needle-nosed shears for snipping perennials and annuals, especially for flower-arranging friends. Some may need a good set of bypass pruners that will do a great job on small twigs and those nips and tucks needed for shrubs. For the ambitious gardener, a new set of loppers or a pole saw for cleaning up small branches in trees may be welcome.Garden fork – A short-handled, three-tined garden fork with a round handle comes in handy for many gardening tasks – loosening weeds at their roots, turning over garden soil in beds and fluffing mulch.Wheelbarrow – This might be a tricky present to wrap and stash under the tree, but all gardeners need a wheelbarrow when working in the yard. For people with limited room for storage, there are collapsible canvas garden carts that will store in small spaces.Drip irrigation – Since gardeners have all been making our yards, gardens, patios, decks and balconies beautiful with plants of all kinds, we now have to invest time to keep everything hydrated when we go without rain. A really impressive present might be an irrigation system, but if that is too pricey, the pieces and parts for a DIY system would be great, too. They are not too hard to put together and make it so much easier to keep plants evenly watered.Gardening resource – Gardeners often need a good gardening reference. The Georgia Master Gardener Handbook can be ordered with a 50% discount code (Holiday50) at gives many people joy and the opportunity to share extra plants and homegrown produce with neighbors and friends. This year, it has also helped people get out of the house and stay active with a much-needed positive experience during a challenging time. So, if you know a gardener, consider these gift ideas to surprise and delight plant-loving friends and family.Visit to order the Georgia Master Gardener Handbook and other University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications.last_img read more

‘Just the Beginning’ as Australia Flips Switch on World’s Largest Electric-Grid Battery

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Tesla Inc switched on the world’s biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia’s shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.“South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy,” state Premier Jay Weatherill said at the official launch at the Hornsdale wind farm, owned by private French firm Neoen.Tesla won a bid in July to build the 129-megawatt hour battery for South Australia, which expanded in wind power far quicker than the rest of the country, but has suffered a string of blackouts over the past 18 months.In a politically charged debate, opponents of the state’s renewables push have argued that the battery is a “Hollywood solution” in a country that still relies on fossil fuels, mainly coal, for two-thirds of its electricity.Supporters, however, say it will help stabilize the grid in a state that now gets more than 40 percent of its electricity from wind energy, but needs help when the wind dies down.“Storage can respond within a fraction of a second. It can address those stability issues very quickly without needing to resort to using large power plants,” said Praveen Kathpal, vice president of AES Energy, a losing bidder to build the battery.Highlighting industry hopes for the take-up of battery storage, Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited the site some 225 kms (141 miles) north of the state capital Adelaide in July, hailing the battery as “just the beginning.”Weatherill came under fire last year after the entire state went black following a major storm, and raced to shore up the state’s grid with a A$510 million ($385 million) plan, including ordering the big battery and installing diesel-fueled turbines.AES’s Kathpal, who is also chairman of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, said South Australia’s commitment to turn to energy storage was an important step for the rest of the industry.More: Tesla switches on giant battery to shore up Australia’s grid ‘Just the Beginning’ as Australia Flips Switch on World’s Largest Electric-Grid Batterylast_img read more

US Releases $214 Million To Aid Mexico Drug Fight

first_imgBy Dialogo September 02, 2009 The U.S. has released $214 million of an aid package to help Mexico fight drug trafficking, including funds for five helicopters for the military to be delivered by year’s end, a top State Department official said. The helicopters will be the first to be sent to Mexico under the Merida Initiative, a three-year, $1.4 billion program to train and equip law enforcement to deal with the ruthless cartels, said David Johnson, U.S. assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement. He said $214 million of the package has been spent or committed. The funds have gone to training Mexican federal investigators and providing technology such as X-ray machines to check for contraband at border crossings. “We greatly admire the strong efforts made by the government of Mexico … to confront the extreme rise in violence fueled by drugs,” Johnson told reporters during a visit to Mexico to discuss the Merida Initiative with officials. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama’s administration sent to Congress a favorable report on Mexico’s human rights record that could allow the release of an additional $100 million in aid. Washington has conditioned 15 percent of the Merida Initiative on assurances that Mexico makes progress in combatting corruption and rights abuses. In early August, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, delayed the release of the State Department report over concerns of torture and other abuse allegations against the Mexican military. International rights group have also urged the Obama administration to withhold Merida Initiative funds, saying Mexico has done little to investigate alleged abuse. But the U.S. report defended Mexico, saying the government of President Felipe Calderon “has embarked on a major effort to reform and overhaul its justice system.” Johnson said the United States is helping Mexico improve its internal systems for preventing and rooting out corruption in law enforcement, including lie-detector tests and continuous checks on officials. He also made clear the Obama administration has no intention on passing judgment on a new Mexican law that eliminates jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and even heroine, LSD and methamphetamine. “We’ve studiously avoided commenting on that,” Johnson said. “There is a clear commitment by Mexico to confronting” drug gangs “and that is what we are focused on,” he said. Calderon has made fighting Mexican drug cartels, which are responsible for the vast majority of cocaine smuggled to the United States from South America, a cornerstone of his administration. He has sent tens of thousands of soldiers to drug hotspots across Mexico, and federal authorities have arrested hundreds of police officers and other officials — including top members of Calderon’s own administration — for alleged ties to cartels. However, drug gang violence surged, claiming more than 13,500 lives since Calderon took office in December 2006. Drug cartels have lashed back at the crackdown, killing more than 1,000 police and soldiers. Calderon defended his efforts in a report submitted to Mexico’s Congress on Tuesday, insisting no other Mexican government has taken on the cartels frontally. The report said his government has seized 90 tons of cocaine, 5,000 tons of marijuana and some 50,000 illegal weapons. It also said authorities have detained more than 80,000 people linked to organized crime, although it did not specify how many were part of the drug trade. Mexico also has a major problem with kidnapping and other criminal gangs. It has been “an effort never before seen in Mexico,” the report said of the crackdown on cartels.last_img read more

Arsenal squad blame Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar for Unai Emery’s rift with Mesut Ozil

first_imgMesut Ozil has been told he can leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s squad believe Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, is to blame for Unai Emery’s rift with playmaker Mesut Ozil.Ozil, 30, has been told he’s surplus to requirements at the Emirates and was free to leave the club in January.The German has featured just twice for the club since Boxing Day but he only signed a new deal at the Emirates last February and is not exactly willing to give up his £350,000-a-week wages.Arsenal were unable to make permanent signings in January and Emery feels he can redistribute Ozil’s wages to improve his squad.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Feb 2019 1:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link17Shares Ozil has five years to run on his existing deal (Picture :Getty)Though that theory makes perfect sense, the Daily Mail claim the Arsenal squad feel Emery has been scarred by his relationship with Neymar at PSG.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Brazilian was signed in Emery’s final year in Paris and the Spaniard was powerless to control Neymar during their single campaign together.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal’s squad reportedly feel Emery had already made up his mind on Ozil and wants to avoid a similar power struggle with the Gunners’ star player.Emery questions Ozil’s commitment to his tactics and the German’s absence from Thursday’s defeat against Bate Borisov was the 100th occasion in five-and-a-half-years at the club that he’s been unavailable.MORE: Nabil Fekir sends message to Chelsea and Liverpool with stunning goal in Lyon’s win against Guingamp Arsenal squad blame Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar for Unai Emery’s rift with Mesut Ozil Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Pensions Caixa commits to role as active indirect shareholder

first_img“Following this exercise, we will start looking for providers that have the scope to engage with the managers of our funds.”The fund – pension provider to the employees of La Caixa and the eight other financial institutions to merge with the savings bank since 2010 – currently invests almost all its assets through funds of funds.Canals argued that it would be “beyond the skills” of any single asset manager – VidaCaixa in this instance – to manage a globally diversified portfolio from Barcelona.Discussing the fund’s future approach to engagement, he added: “We aim to become active indirect shareholders, thereby fulfilling the second principle of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.”For more on Pensions Caixa 30, see How We Run Our Money in the current issue of IPE. Spain’s €5bn Pensions Caixa 30 plans to become an active indirect shareholder – fulfilling one of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment – upon completion of a three-year assessment of its portfolio.Antoni Canals, chairman of the board of trustees, told IPE the defined contribution (DC) fund decided several years ago that its then “limited” socially responsible investment (SRI) needed to make way for a “comprehensive” global policy.“We felt having 3-5% of our portfolio dedicated to SRI investments was no longer the right way to address this space,” he told October’s How We Run Our Money.“In 2010, we asked an external provider to create an environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating of our portfolio, and we are now approaching the end of the three-year assessment period of the project to see how the evolution of the SRI portfolio has affected returns and other things.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs And Knights Split MS Games

first_imgThe BMS 8th grade girls’ basketball team was able to come out victorious in a very hard fought game against South Dearborn by a score of 28 to 24.Jill Hartman led the Bulldogs with a double/double – 10 points and 15 rebounds as she hit 5 Free Throws in a row in the last minutes of the game. Sierra Cornn and Taylor Rowlett each contributed 5 points as Kelsey Roell had 4 blocked shots.Score by Quarter:BMS: 6   9   17   28SD:  6   11  16   24Season Record:  2-0Submitted by Batesville Coach Thomas Barnett. The seventh grade Lady Bulldogs lost their second game of the season to the South Dearborn Knights by a score of 37 to 24. The girls played well defensively but just couldn’t get anything going offensively.They were led in scoring by Ellie Waechter with 8 who was followed by Kendall Dickman and Hattie Westerfeld who both added 7. Rounding out the scoring was Hannah Slayback who added 2. Katelyn Broering worked hard under the basket and pulled in many rebounds.The ladies are now 0-2 on the season.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Pierson.last_img read more

St. Louis School’s 2nd quarter Honor Roll

first_imgGrade 4First Honors:  Ava Becker, Owen Beckner, Elena Beiser, Damien Brelage, Caleb Harmeyer, Jack Laloge, Sophia Leising, Kathryn Mack, Calvin Padgett, Abby Raab, Jersey Trenkamp, Alejandra Schutte, Mary Kara WanstrathSecond Honors:  Madi Dierckman, Mylania Fullenkamp, Jeff Gerstbauer, Wilbur Giesting, Sam Greiwe, Tripp Hertel, Ruby Imel, Andrew King, Zoie Niese, Kenli Rudolf, Lillian Scheibler, Ray Walke, Grant Wanstrath, Hailee Weisenbach, Laney WuestefeldThird Honors:  Aubrey Baker, Sam Dice, Nick Kern, Maggie Tekulve, Anthony Walke Grade 5First Honors:  Avery Austin, Ella King, Olivia Leising, Lucy Meyer, Campbell Miles, Brody Rudolf, Grace Saner, Margaret Smith, Leigh Walmsley, Adam Weber, Isabelle YoungSecond Honors:  Owen Hermesch, Griffin Koester, Ethan Meer, Riley Siegel, Rylan YeagerThird Honors:  Carson Hartwell, Madden Showalter, Ellen Swain Grade 6First Honors: Felicity Brelage, Ben Greiwe, Sophia Hohenstein, Bridget Lohmueller, Olivia Meer, Caleb Mohr, Ethan Rahschulte, Sam RIchardson, Meg Ritter, Karsyn WatsonSecond Honors: Ashley Hunter, Jaiden Kuria, Brycen Miller, Tyler Reder, Cate Reidy, Rachel Suttmann, Paige Watters, Brady WonnellThird Honors:  Isabel Imel, Noah Livers, Vincent Meneses, Katelyn Rahe, Cora Roth Batesville, IN— St. Louis School’s 2nd quarter Honor Rollcenter_img Grade 7First Honors:  Lucy Abplanalp, Sully Hill, Christian Mack, Henry WanstrathSecond Honors:  Max Amberger, Libby Boedicker, Sam Laloge, Adam Meer, Santiago Schutte, Ainsley SipplesThird Honors:  Zavier Tekulve, Jacob Voegele, Maria Voegele Grade 8First Honors:  Megan Batta, Maggie Beiser, Preston Conway, Sady Hirt, Thomas Lohmueller, Paul Meer, Rhea Miller, Hank Ritter, Claire Saner, Lilly Schebler, Catherine Streator, Ingrid Tuveson, Sadie Wachsmann, Madison Wanstrath, Kate Weber, Abigail WuestefeldSecond Honors:  Jayden Boedicker, Lea Cossentino, Calvin Grote, Connor Miles, Ava Owens, Izzi Price, Cole Rudolf, Eli Weiler, Isabelle WonnellThird Honors:  Evan Flaspohler, Brian Harmeyer, Ben Meyer, Ella Moster, Hannah Wellslast_img read more